Welcome to the new Scottish Supporters Network newsletter, brought to you by Supporters Direct Scotland. This newsletter aims to bring our members closer together and better informed of news and best practice from across the network.

New SD Scotland Podcast - Behind the Goals - Out Now!

Supporters Direct Scotland are very pleased to bring you our very first podcast 'Behind the Goals'.

Presented by Council member Alan Russell and Head of SD Scotland Andrew Jenkin, the podcast aims to look at Supporter Involvement movement, starting off with an interview with author of 'Punk Football' Jim Keoghan. In the interview we explore the history of the Supporters Trust movement, starting with the origins of Supporters Direct and the first Supporters Trust in Northampton Town. 

To celebrate our first podcast, we're running a competition where you can get your hands on a copy of Jim's book.


SD Scotland Present On SLO Role at UEFA Workshop

SD Scotland were delighted to present on our work developing the Supporter Liaison Officer (SLO) role in Scotland at a recent UEFA Workshop, organised in partnership with SD Europe.

The event, held over two days in Vienna, provided us with the opportunity for an overall update on SLO matters and the future development of the role, as well as offering an excellent platform for an exchange between participants.

SD Scotland Become Members of SD Europe

SD Scotland have become members of SD Europe at the organisation’s second-ever SD Europe Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The AGM, held at the home of Irish football, Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on Sunday, November 18th saw SD Scotland become members following the one year waiting period required by the SD Europe statutes.

Speaking on behalf of SD Scotland, Neil Bone said SD Scotland were delighted to be full members of the organisation and to have played a role in its initial development during 2015 and 2016.

Families Wanted For Study To Explore Fandom and Physical Activity

In recent years the UK Government have financially invested in and provided support for grassroots sporting activities. They have also targeted specific groups who they believe would benefit from taking part in some form of exercise as there is recognition that such activity can improve health and enrich lives. However, the way in which motivation for physically participating in sporting activity has been measured has focused on the attitudes and performances of the individual rather than a collective or family group.

Club Development Scotland, Supporters Direct Scotland's consultancy service, is researching with the University of Stirling to explore what motivates families, individually and collectively, to take part in physical sporting activities. We are particularly interested in whether the individual or team sports of which you are a fan influence your decision to physically participate in sport.

  • If you’d like to volunteer your family as part of this research, please contact andrew@clubdevelopment.scot with some basic information about those who would be involved. ‘Families’ are considered as single parent, blended/step parent as well as traditional.

From The Network

As part of our objective to better connect fans, share best practice within Scottish sport, to promote supporter dialogue and promote sport clubs through which positive societal change can occur, here we share news from across our network and membership:

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